Saturday, June 4, 2011

Washington Irving On John Bull

In looking over Irving’s happy but truthful description of John Bull, in his “Sketch Book,” we find the following, which is so apropos to the present time that we copy it:
“He (John Bull) cannot hear of a quarrel between the most distant of his neighbors, but he begins incontinently to fumble with the head of his cudgel and consider wither his interest or his honor does not require that he should meddle in the broil.”

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Monday Morning, March 3, 1862, p. 2

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